From recent experience, I can confidently answer: A LOT.
We live in a fairly wooded area. Every morning for the past 6 weeks, we are startled awake by a beak jackhammering into a bit of tree trunk. It has a rhythm and resonance than can only be described as irritating. Being the appreciative sort, Miles and I throw our pillows atop our heads and wish it away.
You have to wonder where the joy in wood-pecking is derived, don't you? Or maybe the bird kingdom doesn't have the aversion to launching their heads toward solid material as does mankind. Or most of mankind...can't forget the inebriated!
I just read this: "Some species drum on trees to communicate to other woodpeckers and as a part of their courtship behavior." I imagine a swinging bachelor armed (winged) with a slew of really terrible jokes. Brings all new meaning to the cheesy reminder to laugh, knock on wood, I'd say. Do they ever bark up the wrong tree? That probably goes without saying....it's the hard-knock life.
The site needed a makeover. It was all but beggin' for it. (clears throat) Readers, meet Serendipity...Serendipity, meet readers. Serendipity is a PHP-based weblog system and it is going to help me maintain all of these darn entries!
I am still porting over the archives, and the pictures, erm...just about everything. I can't quite seem to shake the lilies, though. I started the redesign with the intention of veering away from the callas when divine intervention struck with water lilies. *sigh* I like lilies...what can I say?
Anyway, the point: the site has many broken links at the moment, but doesn't it look pretty?
Miles and I live life in the fast lane. We're adventuresome, reckless, and have been known to use the express checkout even when our items total 13 instead of 12. And so, it should come as little surprise that today, despite the holiday celebrations and social gatherings, we spent twelve hours watching a Little House on the Prairie marathon.
My mother loves the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I still remember her yellowed, age-worn set adorning the bookcase. Rumor has it, she even named her first born "Laura". The very same child oft wondered why it was cautioned to keep bees out of one's bonnet...how else would you spell it but with a "b", after all? Mother simply patted my head and hoped I would grow into a less literal sense of humor.
As I slumbered the evening last, I dreamt vividly. My husband and Jason were taking a computer class, and one day the instructor had them make banana nut bread. Yeah, I don't know why he/she had them do that either.
Anyway, Jason gave me HIS banana nut bread...and Miles came home empty-handed, with guilty crumbs of banana nut-ness about the corners of his mouth. Then, I woke up.
Still caught in my dream, I rolled to Miles, slightly hysterically, and exclaimed, "You made banana nut bread in school! Jason shared! You ate all yours!" I had startled him out of a deep sleep and yet he looked totally calm and attentive.
Rationally, he replied, "But Jason shared his, right?" I nodded angrily. He continued, "Then what's the big deal?" He rolled over and went back to sleep. I did so as well, coming out of the haze enough to realize how foolish I must have sounded.
An hour or so later, when we were of a more lucid mind, Miles put his hand on my shoulder and said, "I had the strangest dream. You thought Jason gave you banana nut bread while I hoarded my share. Isn't that weird!?"
It's been one of those weeks. I am behind on sleep and ahead on headaches, and looking slightly worse for wear....a bit death-warmed-overish. Unfortunately, today we were scheduled to sign our life insurance policies. I thought the whole reheated death portrayal might mess with our agent's confidence in my youth and vitality...so I allowed my hand to go heavy with the blusher.
Miles picked me up and immediately he was aflutter with compliments. Well, as "aflutter" as my Miles gets. Pat, with whom we met, was also quite generous with complimentary utterances.
Fraudulent smile plastered to my face, I thanked them both and realized that I must usually look like crap. Or, perhaps, that I look my best made up as a floozy.
We've become big gum-chewers around here. Admittedly, it is my fault, I found my old addiction last January, after the perils of Holiday Gluttony. It tends to keep the munching at bay. Miles was a quick advocate of the habit upon my return, and there are times we shop for the soul purpose of gum restocking. Sad, but oh so true.
Last time, while I grabbed several packs of peppermint, Miles decided to try the new Eclipse Cherry Chill gum. I like minty, he likes fruity. Admittedly, upon smelling the gum, I thought of my momma's favorite birthday dessert—cherry chip cake—and my mouth watered. I observed my adoring husband's face as we tried the new flavor, and there a passed a remnant of his "I don't know if I want to gag or burp" expression. I asked tentatively, "How is it?"
"Interesting," he replied, looking nice and green. I distracted him with tangent-heavy conversation, a tactic that usually confuses him enough to forget his troubles, until he pinkened up a bit. (Is 'pinken' a word? Doubtful...but it'll do.)
I had nearly forgotten the incident until this afternoon when I grabbed some gum from the drawer, the termed "Gum Drawer", if you will. I was focused on something else, not paying attention to the chewsome fare that I was selecting. (Again, what's with "chewsome"? I should get in contact with Webster...I could give 'im some doozies.) Cherry Chill gum is nothing short of disgusting, I promise you that. It's like chewing stale, solidified cough syrup.
I feel an obligation to say something positive about this gum — the glass is always half full, and all that..
I'd have to say that this gum is absolutely perfect for anybody senile, or those who use a tasting-mouth dog. If you fit either of these categories, the cherry-laced with antiseptic palette is sure to please. Enjoy. Blechhkh.
I have been distinctly out of sorts as of late, something you might have picked up on by the lack of posts. Oh, you're a quick bunch, you are!
Miles has been dropping pounds like crazy. He looked at me almost accusatorily the other morning and said, "I don't know why, but I'm losing weight!"
I've had such inklings in the past, but now I'm almost certain of it: Miles is no woman. A woman would view unexpected weight loss as a gift from the highest heavens and perhaps even keep it to herself so as not to break the spell. I've been beneath the cloud of headache for awhile now, but his incriminating gaze still had me shaking my head.
I replied, "And! By God! The bank account has extra, unexpected money! Why must we keep suffering so? Why does the world deal us so harshly!?"
He gave me his, "stop trying to be funny, it's not working" look and tied his shoes. We haven't discussed it since.
Laura asked if I could be nice enough to do a post tonight, and I agreed. Then as I always do, I forgot about it, and Laura was kind enough to remind me about it a few minutes ago. Great, I thought, I'm exhausted now, why couldn't she have reminded me earlier.... I'll just have to ramble on and hope I come up with something interesting to say, because I have no clue what to say. Wait did I really just write all that out? :)
Last Thursday evening, opening day, Miles and I caught a showing of the latest, the last, Star Wars. That night, I dreamt of floating, long, stick-like and glowing devices with robed, bearded fellows upon them. Bobbing in a body of water, they harmonized quite well singing, "Liiiiiiiiight Sabers.........mmmmmmmm!"
And I haven't seen a Lifesaver's commercial in years.
Just yesterday, as Miles was talking about The Phantom of the Opera, I blurted, "Oh yeah! That reminds me! We need to pick up some more detergent!"
I think that I have a bit of a reputation for being scatterbrained...but it is not so. I think anyone with half a mind could see that laundry detergent was totally connected to The Phantom of the Opera. Andrew Lloyd Webber has, after all, collaborated with Tim Rice who has collaborated with Elton John who has done Disney soundtracks, as has Phil Collins who sang a song "True Colors" that used to be used in Cheer laundry detergent commercials. See what I mean? Totally obvious.